Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating (stacks) and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.
- M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
- ML = Books about music and musicians
- MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique
The best finding aid is the CIM/Case library catalog.
Other Instrument Guides
What is the call number for ...?
Where are the orchestral excerpts collections for oboe? Use the following table to identify the call number under which you would find these excerpts (M65.6) or other compositions such as etudes or sonatas. Scores & parts are organized first by instrumentation and then by genre.
|Orchestral excerpts||M 60.5||M 65.5||M 70.5||M 75.5|
|Solos and etudes||M 60-64||M 65-69||M 70-74||M 75-79|
|Solos with piano||M 240-244||M 245-247||M 248-252||M 253-254|
|Concertos/full orchestra||M 1020-1021||M 1022-1023||M 1024-1025||M 1026-1027|
|Concertos/string orchestra||M 1120-1121||M 1122-1123||M 1124-1125||M 1126-1127|
|Duets||M 288-289 - may include brass|
|Trios||M 357.2; M 356-359 - may include brass|
|Quartets||M 457.2; M 456-559 - may include brass|
|Quintets||M 557.2 (with horn); M 556-559 - may include brass
Traditional wind quintets are found in M557 & M557.2
|Sextets||M 657.2; M 656-659 - may include brass|
|Septets||M 757.2; M 756-759 - may include brass|
|Octets||M 857.2; M 856-859 - may include brass|
|Nonets||M 957.2; M 956-959 - may include brass|
How do I find music for a specific duet/ensemble?
To locate printed music for a specific instrumentation, you may use the subject search in the library catalog. Each resource has been tagged with specific subject headings that describe its content. For comprehensive repertoire lists for ensembles, see the Bibliographies & Repertoire Lists tab in this guide.
Subject headings for printed music typically use the name of the instrument(s) followed by the word music (e.g. piano music, flute music) To find duets for two distinct instruments, use the the following form:
- bassoon music
- oboe and electronic guitar music
Subject headings for woodwind ensemble music will be listed under:.
- Woodwind trios
- Woodwind quintets
Robinson Music Library
Where do you work in the Library?
You will likely find me all over the place from the Media Center to the Reference Desk. Research Services happen everywhere!
What are your musical interests/activities?
I'm a clarinetist and bass clarinetist in my performance life (both orchestral and chamber). I have a deep love of opera and musical theater as well, however.
What are your hobbies?
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